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Old 21st Feb 2017, 10:52
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Morning peeps, back online wi new supahub,ethernet to puter working fine, wifi to smart telly still buggad.
Bloke knocks on door and thrusts box into me hand,dont you set it up now?not me, says he I'm just a postman.
Fun and games, instructions in double Dutch, no chance a ordinary citizen could fettle it.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 14:27
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"Ordinary citizen" is not a phrase I would use in connection with your good self, Captain Draper.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 15:05
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But...but.... surely it is just plug and play Mr D.
You just plug it in and it works.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 15:31
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
"Ordinary citizen" is not a phrase I would use in connection with your good self, Captain Draper.
I don't believe that the FSL was including himself in that designation.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 16:38
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Originally Posted by Rather be Gardening View Post
Crisps are definitely vegetables, Mr B, so potatoes must be too. If you eat cheese and onion crisps you're getting two veg in one go.

Gold star for Reddo. Well done Cap'n!
A friend of mine is a nutritionist & food chemist. He tells me that as a vegetarian he cannot eat cheese & onion crisps but beef flavoured crisps are fine.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 17:06
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Re chocolate, I'm sure the EU said at one time that British chocolate should be called vegelate as it contained too much vegetable oil and not enough cocoa solids.

Of course there was an outcry but people failed to see the fact the EU had a point. Confectioners in the UK took the mickey by replacing expensive cocoa with a cheaper alternative. They then persuaded the masses that crap was part of the British way of life.

It was the same with bangers and the use of pork. Manufacturers replaced it with crud and then moaned when they couldn't call them pork sausages when they only had 25 percent pork, the rest being the sweepings from the butchery table, floor and the like!
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 18:55
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We are blighted by strong winds courtesy of Doris blowing up the back passage.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 23:03
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Yes still raining here. Lots of more flood alerts. Landslides in the hills going over the hills to the coast.
Here lots of road closures.
Dams most at breaking point now.
If only they had put the spillways down to say Bakersfield there wouldn't be any problems with us sharing the water.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 05:36
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Pretty draughty around the nether regions here too, G-CPTN.
Westerly wind at 29kts with the TAF claiming gusts of 35kts.
Pretty mild though, 11kts, but that will not entice me out into
the garden today.
The sun is, or should be, coming up over the horizon at present
highlighting an azure blue sky with patches of dark, foreboding
clouds.
Doris is on her way.

So with rain and high winds forecast, walks and gardening are
off the agenda and it's a day of playing with the computer and
attempting to increase my data security. Just as well, as my body
is aching from yesterday's tree lopping.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 06:44
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Speaking of draughty, my son decided some time ago that he would choose this week to visit Skye on a photographic expedition. Yesterday was his first day out and I asked him in the evening how did it go? "Horizontal rain; left the camera in the car" was the reply. However, he did catch an interesting video clip on his phone, showing a waterfall being blown back up whence it came!
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 07:52
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Morning peeps,started clear clouding over now.
Still no joy connecting smart TV via wifi, works great with ethernet cable but who wants cable stretched over floor from hub to telly,still, one shall persevere.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 08:06
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Admiral sir,

Can you see the wifi on your TV network setup ???

If so, you should just need to select the wifi, and enter the password ( by slowly moving the cursor over the proffered virtual key board and muttering curses as you go back and correct mistakes)
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 08:29
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
However, he did catch an interesting video clip on his phone, showing a waterfall being blown back up whence it came!
Yes, we saw those when we were on Skye.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 08:37
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Jó napot! 7c & sunny, supermarket delivery today & then we will see. Played Hungarian Scrabble last night - jolly difficult, a little cheating was acceptable!
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 11:04
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Countdown on Channel 4

For those of you who do not have regular employment and who thus might watch daytime TV, I can authoritatively state that Nick Hewer, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent are exactly the same off-screen as they are on.

I have just been fortunate enough to have a crack at it for real and it was a mixture of absolute terror, combined with breath-taking relief. I have spent years yelling at the TV and deriding the contestants for missing obvious words and numbers - idiots, I'd call them, whilst grinning smugly on my sofa with a cup of tea.

Whoa, Whoa - try it for real and it's a whole different ball game. Having finally bit the bullet and applied, I passed the audition (on the phone, strangely) and was then asked to attend on Monday 20th Feb, for the last game in the session of five. This started at 8:00pm and I had arrived at the Studios in Salford Quays at 4:00pm and thus watched three games before I went on. Some smart-arse was sitting on 3 wins and was more than a touch arrogant and if he won his next game, he was who I would play. The guy ahead of me was fairly quiet and matched the smart-arse, who missed three obvious winning numbers games - I couldn't believe it!

My wife was with me and I had told only my family that I was entering, as my biggest fear was losing straight away and making me look more of a pratt than usual . . . .

I was lucky and got off to a roaring start, leading 49-17 at halfway and eventually won 89-48 - Huge relief all round and the guy who'd beaten smart arse was happy enough as well.

This meant that I was back the next day. A couple of celebratory pints in the hotel next door, off to our room and a bit of kip? - no such luck. I had a sore throat, the room was stifling, air-con fecked and I couldn't sleep, all I could see were words and numbers all night long . . . . .

Come Tuesday I was just a bit better, but bouyed by the fact that I had won a game, it felt a lot easier. The celebrity presenter, alongside Susie turned out to be the sports presenter John Inverdale. By a strange quirk of fate I had played rugby against him many years ago when Farnham Veterans played his club, Esher Vets and met him on other occasions when reffing. That calmed me down somewhat.

First opponent in the morning was a lady from Winchester with a small baby, mother and husband in tow, She had short, dyed green hair, which was somewhat disconcerting, but nevertheless I managed to beat her on the conundrum 77-63. Phew, getting better. Next up a farmer from The Shetland Ilses, who again I beat on the conundrum. Lunch break.

I felt really sorry for both of them, having travelled from either end of the country to Manchester and lost. Meanwhile, what I can only describe as a Nerd of the Nth degree was my next opponent. He was a maths tutor (great, I thought, just what I need), and had every Guinness Book of World Records from edition 1 to the present day. When we had all gathered earlier in the day in the contestants green room, he spotted a Rubik Cube and proceeded to explain to all and sundry how to crack it . . . . . Yeah, right!!

My wife, who was in the audience when the waiting contestants were there as well, told me after that he had been saying that he had been practicing on-line for months and was pretty confident. It wasn't misplaced, either. He came out with words I had never seen, and when I got a 7, he'd have an 8. Come half time and the score is 63-7 and John Inverdale quipped that I'd need a half-time team talk, a game of two halves, etc, with a huge grin on his face.

Nerd finished with a score of 119, the final conundrum, which he got ahead of me was BAYONETED. How apt!!!

However, Rachel had been lots of fun (we're both Essex born) and she was really encouraging, Nick was very funny and Susie excellent value and answered all my inane questions off air. A great team and ultra professional.

The difference between watching the monitor/screen in the contestant seats and being a home is enormous, but I was getting used to it till Nerd came along. If you've always hankered after a crack at it, do apply, it is absolutely great fun - when it's all over. And finally, yes Rachel has legs right up to her neck and she is gorgeous!

Oh, and if you have bothered to read this and are still none the wiser, go onto [email protected]. It's well worth it!!!
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 11:49
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What a cool story. Well done mate.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 12:06
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Great post Mr Fairr !

I envy you (both the experience and the ability to have done so well).
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 12:25
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Wow, what an experience plus it's always nice to meet celebs
who turn out to be genuinely nice people.
And very well done, I fear I would just sit there dribbling.
In fear may I add not Ms Riley's legs - on second thoughts
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 12:49
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HF, it will be both, never fear . . . .
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 12:55
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Well done to that Countdown man, what an effort! I have often thought of bringing a Hungarian to the UK to compete as 17+ letter words are de rigeur over here!

So, probably to get myself banned - delivery man has just been, 24 bottles of wine, total cost at today's exchange rate - Ł 38, admittedly 6 were on offer so cost should have been Ł 44. Plonk but eminently drinkable!

Egészségére!
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